Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 18 September 2020

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6. Small businesses can register for Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme gives unemployed young people a future of opportunity and hope by creating high-quality, government-subsidised jobs across the UK.

The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. Employers will receive funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs. The jobs will give young people the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.

Large businesses who are to offer 30 or more placements can apply to government directly to access the programme. For smaller businesses there is an opportunity to work with an intermediary to who can aggregate bids up to the 30 threshold. This will make the process easier and less labour intensive to apply for those companies that are only able to offer a smaller number of placements.

The Department for Work and Pensions will publish a list of intermediary organisations in the coming days. In the meantime, East Devon District Council are asking businesses who wish to register their interest in the scheme to email kickstart@eastdevon.gov.uk. Please state your company name, sector and the number of placements you would like to offer. We can then ensure that these details can be referred on to the relevant organisation.